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Kerry Lonsdale is a Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Amazon Charts, and #1 Kindle bestselling author. She’s also one of the top 100 Kindle authors of all time according to EBook Friendly. She’s not sure how they came up with that list, but she’s on it. Go figure.

Kerry writes standalone and series based emotionally charged domestic drama that readers have described as “unputdownable” and “intricately plotted.” Summer afternoon soaps, nighttime thriller dramas, and the deliciously scandalous novels she kept hidden in her school backpack under a smashed half-eaten pb&j, fueled her bold imagination. She’s been constructing tales since she could wield a #2 stick of lead. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, her stories appeal to a wide, international audience and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She’s obsessed with the covers of her foreign editions and celebrates them on #TranslationThursday on her Facebook page.

Co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband and teen kids where she spends her mornings writing and afternoons herding cats, literally. Scroll down. The cats are probably in her Instagram feed. Her mind is twisted, but her heart is bright, and she loves her readers, so she created the perfect spot to hang out: the Tiki Lounge. She’d love for you to join her there.


Side Trip (Lake Union Publishing, July 7, 2020) is an unforgettable and breathtaking novel of love, loss, and the unexpected routes that life takes from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.

A heart-stirring love story that spans a decade, Side Trip explores what-if. What if Joy and Dylan had exchanged last names? What if he’d told her she made him believe love was worth the risk? And what if they hadn’t made that second deal when they couldn’t say goodbye?


“Exploring a series of what-if scenarios, readers will thoroughly enjoy this road trip along Route 66 with two curious strangers.” Travel & Leisure

“Smart, sexy, and unexpected—Side Trip is everything that makes a novel unputdownable, which is why I devoured it in two days. Kerry Lonsdale’s latest demonstrates what fans like me already know: she just keeps getting better and better.” —Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You

“Route 66, a convertible, a folk singer, and fate combine to make a confection of a novel in Kerry Lonsdale’s Side Trip. Scoot into the back seat to watch what happens. What a wild ride!” —J.P. Monninger, international bestselling author

“Kerry Lonsdale’s Side Trip is an absorbing, poignant exploration of the road not taken and the pitfalls of failing to follow one’s heart.” —Jamie Beck, bestselling author of The Cabots and Sanctuary Sound series

“Strap in for a fun, musical, and magical ride with characters you won’t soon forget. This is easily my favorite of Lonsdale’s books. The ending…it is one of the most jaw-dropping conclusions I’ve ever read.” —Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author

“A highly romantic and heart-wrenching story by a writer who rarely takes the expected route.” —Barbara O’ Neal, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author


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